Legal Information: District of Columbia

Know the Laws - By State

Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

Information about civil protection orders and moving in and out of state with a protection order.

State-specific information about custody in D.C.

Custody and kidnapping are complicated and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case. The terms used on this page are defined generally, and may have different meanings in your state. Please check your specific state's laws. If this site does not yet have information for your state, please check with a lawyer.

Basic information about divorce in Washington, D.C.

Information about housing-related protections for victims of domestic violence.

Confidentiality laws for victims at a shelter or on a hotline.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in the District of Columbia and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or the abuser has a criminal record, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.